Rags to riches for rescue pony Crumpet

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It was love at first sight when four-year-old Daisy Bull met Crumpet, a pony rescued by Redwings in 2011.
It was love at first sight when four-year-old Daisy Bull met Crumpet, a pony rescued by Redwings in 2011.

A pony who was among 66 horses rescued from the squalor of a farm in Ireland in 2011 has moved on to a fabulous new life.

The horrors of Crumpet’s previous life are a distant memory as she finds a loving new home through the rehoming programme of equine charity Redwings.

In 2011, Redwings helped rescue Crumpet and 65 other horses, ponies and donkeys from a farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The animals had been found in appalling conditions, without food, water or bedding, and were literally starving to death. They were also suffering from worms, overgrown hooves and the highly infectious respiratory disease strangles. Redwings took in 23 of the horses and named them after breakfast items – so they’re known as ‘The Breakfast Club’.

Redwings says that despite her difficult start in life, Crumpet is amazingly friendly and because of her sweet nature, she was soon identified as an ideal candidate for its Guardianship Scheme. It was essential for the charity to find the right Guardian family for Crumpet, and to make sure she was the right pony for them, so when four-year-old Daisy and her mum Louise first came to meet Crumpet, Redwings was delighted that it was love at first sight!

Daisy’s mum Louise Bull said: “We were smitten with Crumpet as soon as we saw her, and we were so excited when we were told we could bring her home! She has also settled in brilliantly with her field companion, 11-year-old Pudding. We were so impressed with how well she settled in that less than a month after she arrived we took her to her first ever show – a local Norfolk gymkhana – and she won three red and three blue rosettes! She loves hacking and having loads of cuddles. We love having Crumpet; she feels like one of the family and we can’t imagine life without her.”

Adding to the “breakfast” theme, Redwings has introduced a new donation scheme in association with Give as you Live and Sainsbury’s supermarket.

A donation is made to Redwings every time an Everyday Shopping Card shops instore at Sainsbury’s. So when topping up the card, or shipping, 4% of the spend will be donated to Redwings – at no cost to the shopper.

Want to help Redwings? People in Britain can text code RWHS00, followed by the amount they want to give (eg, RWHS00 £5) to 70070 or click here to donate.

» More pictures of “The Breakfast Club” horses

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